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Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

Crash Repair: 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

One of the apprehensions all pilots experience is knowing our planes are at risk every time they take to the air. Then there is a real sense of accomplishment when the plane makes it safely back to terra firma. As our confidence builds, we start doing maneuvers closer to the ground and thereby increase the […]
Spray Painting Made Easy — Rattle Cans to the Rescue

Spray Painting Made Easy — Rattle Cans to the Rescue

Here’s a great workshop technique from editor Gerry Yarrish’s workshop. The products may have changed but today, painting your model airplane with “rattle can” spray paint is a less expensive alternative than using an air compressor and an automotive touch-up gun or a HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) rig. When you start building models that have formed […]
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8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

EASY-INSTALL EYELETS The brass eyelets that come with rubber servo grommets are often a tight fit, and they can be tiresome to install by hand. A handy alternative is to use a punch or a piercer to apply them. Mount the grommet on the servo, and slip the eyelet over the tip of the punch. […]
Tips from the Workshop

Tips from the Workshop

We have the best readers around! You guys are always coming up with clever ways to make building and flying easier, and we love when you share your tips with us at MAN@airage.com. Here are a few of our favorites. A SHARP IDEA Most model airplanes use dowels to secure the leading edge of the […]
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ARF Jet Makeover — Added details for the fast lane

ARF Jet Makeover — Added details for the fast lane

I’ve been waiting for a F86 Sabre EDF to come along that didn’t have a HUGE “out of scale”nose intake and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Finally E-flite did it. Watching the performance of this model on the stock setup , I was finally satisfied. Having just finished a repaint, retract install and […]
Install a Smoke System

Install a Smoke System

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade […]
Budget building: how to edge-glue balsa

Budget building: how to edge-glue balsa

At some point in your model-building career, you will be faced with a problem.  You will have an area of your model that requires a sheet of balsa wider than the material you have on hand.  If you are like me, this usually happens when you are starting to make significant progress and when the […]
RC Aerobatics: Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

RC Aerobatics: Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

For this maneuver, the pilot enters from inverted flight and pushes to establish a 45-degree climb then he performs 1½ negative snaps. After the snap, another line segment (equal to the first line) is then executed. Once the maneuver is complete, the pilot must pull 135 degrees to exit in inverted straight and level flight. […]
DIY Shop Table (you’ll wonder how you lived without it!)

DIY Shop Table (you’ll wonder how you lived without it!)

As a long-time-fan of the PBS show “New Yankee Workshop” I’ve seen quite a few good woodworking projects, but none more handy than the large roll around shop table. I knew I’d have to build it one day when I had the room for it in a workshop I hadn’t even yet built. Sorry to […]
SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

SMOKE ON! — Make a Cheap & Easy Smoke Muffler

A great way to add excitement to your RC flights is to add a smoke system. Do a loop or a roll and then add a dense, long-hanging smoke trail and you have an airshow! You can save some bucks by modiflying your stock muffler instead of buying a commercial one. Then you can take […]
4 Simple Shop Tips

4 Simple Shop Tips

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Have your own tip you’d like to share? Send it to MAN@airage.com and you could be featured in the magazine! SMOOTH THAT OLD IRON Have you ever […]
Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off that snow!)

Easy Scratch-built Skis (fly off that snow!)

Now that many flying fields parts of the country are covered in snow, it’s the perfect time to add skis to your favorite flier! This classic how-to from our good friend Roy Vaillancourt provides a great project that will not only use up some of those leftover pieces of wood in your workshop and but also let […]
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